The 12th Andover (West) Scout Group

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COVID-19 Latest News (03/12/2021): After the latest Government briefing last week the Scout Association have altered the rules we have to follow. We have moved from the GREEN readiness level back to YELLOW and the impact is that all people aged 11 or older MUST now wear a face covering whilst indoors unless medically exempt. This starts immediately.

All leaders, helpers, Scouts (of any age) and Explorers need to wear coverings now so please ensure that your young person has one with them when attending the HQ.

Our Risk Assessment has been updated to reflect this.

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We are based in the Andover District in North Hampshire. Our Group meet at the Scout Hut on West Portway in Andover (see contact for more details).

Our group consists of Beaver, Cub & Scout sections and in addition, one of the District Explorer units also meets at our hut as well as a Networks section.

We have a great hut with lots of facilities, a large car park and a wonderfully large outside space that is fully and safely enclosed, allowing us to hold camps and many events within our own grounds.

The aim of the Scout Association is to promote the development of young people and help them achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials as individual, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.

This website is continuously being added to so please browse it regularly to find new information on the 12th Andover (West) Scout Group.

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Return Dates for Jan 2022

After the Christmas break the return dates for each section will be as follows: Beavers: Jan 11th Cubs: Jan 13th Scouts: Jan 17th Please contact one of your leaders if you need further information. read more

Merry Christmas Everyone

From all of us at the 12th Andover (West) we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It’s been another tough year and likely 2022 will be just as tough but through it all we have managed to keep meeting and continue to do scouting. Thank you to all involved and we hope you all enjoy your... read more

Beaver Pirate Camp

On Saturday 20th November the Beavers held their Autumn (day) pirate camp.  The day was very busy and lots of badge work was completed.  The Beavers got to design and build their own boat and then got to test them to see if they would float.  They also took part in a litter pick near the hut, they were all great at spotting rubbish and managed to collect lots.  They worked on the new money badge and as well as learning lots about money they were able to design their own coin or notes and got to take part in a treasure hunt.  They were all given a chocolate coin at the start of the day and understood that if they still had it at the end of the day then they would earn interest.  Every Beaver still had their coin at the end and so were rewarded with an extra chocolate coin.  As always on camp, lunch and dinner are a very sociable time for the Beavers.  They enjoyed chatting with friends while eating their packed lunches.  There was a special treat for dinner, a delivery from Dominos.  The pizza was enjoyed by all, followed by an ice lolly.  The Beavers did not seem as excited about having to do the washing up but what a great job they all did working in teams.  Pirate 2Pirate 112th litter... read more

David Smith MBE visits the Cubs

Our Cubs were very lucky recently and they had a visit from David Smith who is an amazing paralympian Boccia player. Boccia is a precision ball sport a little like bowls or petanque and David is the joint most successful Boccia player in British history. David has won 3 Olympic gold medals (the latest was in Tokyo) as well as a silver and a bronze and numerous European and World medals and was awarded the MBE in 2017. He also has a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and is a keen drummer. David spent lots of time telling the Cubs all about his career in Boccia and about his life outside of sport and they sat transfixed (as were the leaders) as he told them his amazing life story. David has an incredible electric wheelchair in which he loves to do ‘doughnuts’ which he enjoyed demonstrating to the Cubs and which gave Bagheera plenty of work to do afterwards cleaning up the tyre marks ! The Cubs the spent some time asking David lots of really good and quite searching questions about his sporting life and how he lives his life day to day and he was happy to answer every question. We are so grateful to David to taking the time to come to the 12th to speak so inspirationally as he did and to Ruth (Raksha) for organising the visit and we wish David all the best for his future. David Smith in... read more

District Beavers 35th Birthday Bash

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Beavers launching in the UK and so to celebrate this special milestone the Beavers from Andover all got together as a district to have a party.  Over 70 Beavers from the 1st, 4th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 14th 22nd and 23rd groups all attended, and everyone had a fantastic time.    The party started with everyone enjoying a picnic together.  When everyone had finished eating it was time for the entertainment.  It was easy to tell from all the smiling faces and laughing that the magician show by Silly Scott was a huge success.  When the show had finished, everyone had the opportunity take part in a range of activities, including making a party hat and decorating a cake.  As the party came to an end everyone enjoyed eating their cake, which is of course the perfect way to end a party.   Happy 35th birthday Beavers.  Beaver Birthday CrewBeaver... read more

Richard (Badger) achieves his Wood Beads

We are delighted to announce that Richard has been awarded his Wood Beads. When a leader starts in Scouting there is a lot of training to complete covering a wide range of things from understanding what leadership in scouting means to understanding how to ensure everyone is properly safeguarded to understanding first-aid and much more. It takes quite some time and effort to complete this training which is done online and at face-to-face courses and Richard has now completed this which is a great effort. On Monday evening, Richard was awarded his beads (which you can see he is wearing around his neck in the photo below) and a certificate by our District Commissioner Julian Slade (who is also wearing his beads). Congratulations Richard and well done from all of us at the 12th. Richard being awarded his beads by... read more